Court orders alternative service on Ganduje, others

A Kano State High Court yesterday issued an order to serve the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who is accused of bribery and embezzlement.

The Kano State Government dragged Ganduje, his wife, Hafsat Umar, and his son, Umar Abdullahi to court on eight counts of embezzlement and misappropriation of funds during his eight years in office.

Others charged against Ganduje are Abubakar Bawuro, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Limited, Safari Textiles Limited and Lasage General Enterprises Limited are charged with eight counts of bribery, embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds amounting to billions of Naira.

Justice Amina Adamu-Aliyu gave the order following a request to that effect by the counsel to the state government, Zahradeen Kofar-Mata, who stood in for the lead prosecutor, Ya’u Adamu Esq.

Earlier, counsel for the sixth defendant, Mr. Nureini Jimoh, SAN, had challenged the appearance of the lead prosecutor, Ya’u Adamu and his team, on the grounds that an approval was given to a specific person and that only that person may appear. in this case.

He objected to the exparte motion to serve the respondents with substituted remedies.

The plaintiff, Mr Ya’u Adamu, told the court that since his appearance, he has been challenged by the sixth defendant, Barr. Zahradeen Kofar-Mata will move the application on motion exparte.

“My Mr. Kofar-Mata has the right to appear in any case involving financial crimes.

“I urge the court to grant us this motion,” he said.

Kofar-Mata filed the exparte motion dated May 29, supported by paragraph 7, which seeks to serve the respondents in a substitute manner by publishing them in two national newspapers.

Adamu-Aliyu ordered that all parties involved submit their individual fiat to the court and adjourned the matter until July 11 for hearing.